I’m back with another review for you all, and this one is another fantastic summer read!
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. Again, it caught me in the middle of my contemporary binge and I couldn’t have asked for a better time to read it!
I received this novel from Raincoast Books. This doesn’t effect my opinion of the novel one bit.
Let’s jump into it!
Release Date: June 19th, 2018
Pages: 256 Pages
Genre: YA and Contemporary
For seventeen-year-old Maya, the equation for happiness is simple: a dream internship at MIT + two new science nerd friends + a perfect boyfriend = one amazing summer. Then Whit dumps her out of the blue.
Maya is miserable until she discovers that her scientist mother, before she died, was conducting research on manipulating pheromones to enhance human attraction. If Maya can finish her mother’s work, maybe she can get Whit back. But when her experiment creates chaos in her love life, she realizes that maybe love and loss can’t be understood using the scientific method. Can she learn to trust the unmeasurables of love and attraction instead?
When I received this novel I found myself pushing it back and back for no reason what so ever. I think the cover made me feel as though this novel would be super cheesy and not really that great, and yes, I know, don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but sometimes it’s very hard to do that!
Fortunately, I was able to get past the things that turned me off from this novel and finally pick it up. I think that in general the concept of this novel was a great idea, but the follow through wasn’t as great as it could have been.
Personally, I understood why Maya as a character and understood why she made the decisions that she did, but I don’t really think that we saw any character growth from her throughout the novel. She was rash and made horrible decisions and we didn’t really see that change towards the end of the novel.
Additionally, I thought the idea of having the experiment was a really interesting idea, but I wish that we had the opportunity to get to know the test subjects a bit more than just a chapter or two each. They were all a bit one-dimensional and I really didn’t find myself interested in their relationships with Maya.
Lastly, know that the end goal for Maya was to end up with her ex-boyfriend made the novel feel quite juvenile and boring. We didn’t really get to know the ex-boyfriend that much, therefore we didn’t understand the complete reasoning for Maya wanting to be with him so desperately.
All in all, I found this novel to be an interesting enough read for me to finish it, but not interesting enough for me to ever want to pick it up again. I think this would make a great, cheesy teen rom-com, but as a novel it was definitely lacking.
That concludes my review for Chemistry Lessons by Meredith Goldstein.
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